Where Was God? The Spiritual Questions of Sexually Abused Children, Part 5

It sounds as though "indifference" might be a kind of emotional "time out" until these questions ... more

Thankful Thursday: July 26

It's been a tough week around here.  And at times it seemed difficult to find things to be thankful for.  But the blessings are always there if you look close enough. Tomatoes Fresh From the Garden: Nothing compares to the taste of a tomato grown right in your own back yard.  Nothing.  Juicy.  Sweet, but not too sweet.  Just......more
Blessings to you all. Thanks for the wonderful reminder to "give thanks in all things." more

MY Obstetrician: A Knight In SHINING Armour

  The Joy of Mothering   Our family doctor, who was also my obstetrician, had warned us to come into town immediately with my first labour pains. My eighth child was going to be born quickly. Dr....more
It's lovely to be able to give credit and praise where it is due ... the wonderful picture of ... more

We're Raising Individuals, Not a Group

We’ve never been good at one-on-one time with our kids. I’ve always thought it would be neat to date each son -- a few hours alone with just one child sounds wonderful and important. When the thought of mother-child dates crossed my mind, I quickly answered myself with a lengthy list of why this novel idea is an impossibility. Where would I find the time? It would be expensive. Four kids, four dates, plus dating my spouse -- that’s an awful lot of dating, money, and scheduling. I would need a tournament bracket to organize this endeavor. Or a spreadsheet. Those give me irritable bowel syndrome....more
This is lovely, and such a wonderful idea.  We have different relationships with each child, and ... more

Going... Going... Gone!

When you're trying to achieve a long-term goal and it feels as though your destination is way too far in the distance, visual motivators can be a helpful way to stay encouraged throughout the process. Along these lines, an idea that I ran across on Pinterest caught my attention, and I thought I'd give it a try. I present to you my "Going... Going... Gone!" project! ...more
I'm on Goodreads, and I like the page of book covers on my account indicating how many I've read ... more

Thankful Thursday: July 19

It's difficult for me to believe that another week has already flown by and over half of July has come and gone!  They say time flies when you're having fun, and with all the things I have to be grateful for this week - it's no wonder the weeks are flying by!Baby Laughter:  Seriously, is there anything in the world better than the sound of a baby laughing?  I challenge anyone to listen to the full belly laugh of a little one and not end up laughing along! ...more
My first "baby" is 28 today!  "Thursday's child has far to go ..."  She was born on a Thursday ... more

What's Your Wish List?

There are two things on my wish list. ...more
"God’s delight is in the communication of Himself, His own happiness to everything according to ... more

Where Was God? The Spiritual Questions of Sexually Abused Children, Part 4

 The Infection of Evil / How can I do the good?The power unleashed in childhood sexual violence is both terrifying and infectious. Sexual abuse is in part a crime of seduction. Through inappropriate sexual manipulation, the victim is seduced into becoming a participant.  The child believes that the mysterious force causing the abuse is inside him/her. Underneath this false shame, there may be a deep sense of being stained by evil. The loss of innocence, through in no way the fault of the victim, is no less a loss....more
Regarding the 95% you cite above:  for awhile my parents took young teens in temporary foster ... more

Book Giveaway: Reminder and Preview

Pssst... have you heard? ...more
Dawn: Amazon just reduced the Kindle version of Spinning Straw, Weaving Gold to $3.99/ ... more

Book Giveaway: Spinning Straw, Weaving Gold

Dear Readers: I'm excited to announce that it's time for my very first book giveaway! The contest is open to everyone (no country restrictions), and there are several ways for you to enter, so please join in the fun! You are invited to ...more
Dawn: Amazon just reduced the Kindle version of Spinning Straw, Weaving Gold to $3.99/ ... more